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S5W-22976: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to boost the digital skills that will required for businesses in the forthcoming years.

Answered by: Kate Forbes 15 May 2019

This is a critically important time for Scotland’s skills system. We know the nature of work is changing, as is the make-up of Scotland’s workforce, and our labour market faces potential disruption through a range of factors, including Brexit and technological advances.

We want to harness the opportunities this disruption will create, whilst ensuring we have the right skills in place to support individuals, employers and our economy and support governments overarching strategic ambitions of improving productivity and Inclusive Growth.

Digital skills development remains a key priority for the Scottish Government. In addition to the extensive training offered to individuals through our school, college and university systems and apprenticeship programme, we also offer additional support to business through CodeClan, DigitalBoost and the Digital Development Loan.

We continue to support Skills Development Scotland with funding to tackle tongoing sectoral challenges as set out in the Digital Skills Investment Plan, including attracting more women into the sector and increasing the number and variety of apprenticeships available.

Finally, our 2018 Programme for Government includes a commitment to develop a Future Skills Action Plan in 2019, and to establish a National Retraining Partnership.